Archive for December 2012

haere ra, twenty twelve

December 31, 2012

A glass of wine helped me feel at ease, the second made me feel funnier, more popular. By the third I felt a little bulletproof, the life of the party, the instigator. Drink has always been a part of my toolset for a life straddling the introvert/extrovert fence (I am right on the cusp in every […]

comfort and joy

December 27, 2012

So Christmas happened. It was a glorious mash-up of wrapping paper detritus, the sound of niece and nephew laughter, thank you hugs and putting all the toys together (NB: Lego has evolved since I was a kid. Modern Lego is HARD). Also: I GOT A HORSE! I was a little anxious about the balance of being present […]

crossing over

December 21, 2012

So here we are at 21/12/12: magic day. The Maya have said that the 13th baktun (a baktun is a measurement of 144000 days, more than 392 solar years) ends today, and we are moving into ‘the fifth world’. If this wasn’t enough, today every planet in our solar system is in perfect alignment and […]

california dreaming

December 20, 2012

The scent of eucalyptus, the big yellow thing in the sky, the sweetness of clementines, the friendliness of locals, the unapologetic bigness of all things (cars, homes, dreams), the guacamole dunked in blue corn chips, the wishes of Feliz Navidad, the Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Maya Chocolate and Walnut Oil, the wood fires, fairy lights […]

leeeeeaving, on a jet plane….

December 17, 2012

This post is coming to you live from Heathrow, Terminal One. In a few hours, our epic kiwi Christmas adventure begins… I love the days leading up to a trip, when its all possibility and excitement. Though, as any of you with pets will know, pre-trip prep is not without trauma. Yesterday we put Rex and […]

*tap tap* is this thing on?

December 15, 2012

(NB: this all feels a bit like the first morning after moving house: I can’t find the box I packed the towels in, and there is the fancy built-in sound system but I haven’t got a Scooby Doo clue how to turn the thing on. Its all a bit discombobulating). Welcome to this new little […]